Ruth Pollard is the Middle East Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Her job takes her throughout the Middle East and North Africa, reporting on the Arab revolutions from Egypt, Libya, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Tunisia and on the conflict in Israel and Palestine.
Ruth Pollard Israeli policy reignites debate about collective punishment of Palestinians.
Ruth Pollard In a city already deeply riven with sectarian tensions, the brutal slaughter of four rabbis in an ultra-Orthodox synagogue has pushed Jerusalem to the edge of what many fear could escalate into...
Ruth Pollard Describing his aid work as "the selfless acts of an individual who cared deeply about the plight of the Syrian people," the White House has confirmed the death of Abdul-Rahman "Peter" Kassig.
Ruth Pollard The Islamic State jihadist group is claiming to have executed US aid worker Peter Kassig as a warning to the United States.
Ruth Pollard Warning that the world was growing numb to the worsening crisis in Syria and Iraq, in which at least 13.
Ruth Pollard The guns have fallen silent in this city – for now – after the latest attempt by Islamic State and Nusra Front militants to gain a foothold in Lebanon's north failed to win any ground.
Ruth Pollard The fate of the self-proclaimed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi remains unclear, with rumours that he was wounded in a US air strike in Iraq still unconfirmed.
Ruth Pollard Islamic State militants have massacred 322 members of an Iraqi Sunni tribe killed in western Anbar province.
Ruth Pollard Islamic State militants shot dead 50 Sunni tribespeople in their third massacre in four days.
Ruth Pollard At the hospital near Suruc volunteers are worried. No injured have arrived in the last 12 hours and they fear patients may be dying at the border, prevented by Turkish military from making it to...
Ruth Pollard The shutters were closed tight at shops and businesses all over the Turkish city of Suruc on Thursday as the mostly Kurdish population gathered to mourn those who died fighting to save Kobane.
Ruth Pollard Kurdish politicians have ramped up campaigns to try and convince Turkey to provide support for the YPG militia fighting to defend Kobane.
Ruth Pollard Kurdish fighters are desperately trying to fend off an onslaught on Kobane. If the Islamic State takes the besieged town, it will give it control of a large swath of land along the Turkish-Syrian...
Ruth Pollard His fighting name is Abu Hakam and for a few moments of madness he turned away from the Free Syrian Army and allowed himself to court, and be courted by, the Islamic State.
Ruth Pollard His fighting name is Abu Hakam and during a few moments he allowed himself to be courted by the Islamic State.